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Financial Incentives – Update

August 12, 2008

On the morning of August 12, 2008, a large section of glass-cladding tumbled 51 stories from the new Bank of America Building near Times Square, sailed across 42nd Street, and shattered on the sidewalk shed in front of the former Verizon building.  Thankfully, only one minor injury was reported.

However, as the situation indicates, it could have been much worse.  Since Emergency Management is often about prevention, the City of New York needs to take more strident steps toward mitigating the many hazards associated with construction sites in the City.  Taking a page from New York City’s War on Big Tobacco, skyhigh fines levied against the property owners, construction companies, and others associated with these projects will go a long way toward reducing the threats to the public and our first responders from shoddy construction and safety practices.  As the financial incentive argument contends, the City must make safety and responsibility a less expensive option than non-compliance.  Therefore, fines on the order of several million dollars per violation are in order.  Smoking is hazardous to your health – so are falling windows and debris, collapsing cranes, and improper construction practices.  Hopefully, just as the City has led the way in stamping out smoking, it will now address another clear and present danger to the health and security of all New Yorkers.

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